Going through divorce is never easy, especially as a parent. As a noncustodial parent, numerous challenges may arise regarding visitation or a custody agreement, as well as child support payments. If co-parents disagree, the court will step in to resolve the issues at hand. In Washington and most other states, judges use set guidelines to help them make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
As many Washington parents have experienced, any number of life changes may occur after a divorce that affect a parent's ability to adhere to the terms of an existing court order. For instance, a parent paying child support might have a change in income that makes his or her current payments no longer feasible. Now-retired NBA star Matt Barnes was recently successful in asking the court to grant him modification of the current financial supplements he provides for his children.
Many Washington parents are currently adapting to post-divorce lifestyles with their children. In situations where co-parents agreed to certain plans regarding custody, visitation or child support, the court expects both parties to fully adhere to the terms of the order it handed down. In some situations, a parent may have reason to request modification of an existing plan.
If you recently got divorced and also happen to be a parent, issues regarding your children were likely discussed, and court decisions were made (or approvals granted) in conjunction with your co-parenting plan. You may also have an existing court order regarding child support in Washington. Perhaps you are the paying parent or you receive payments from your ex to provide for your children's needs.
The relationship between parents and their children may be seriously affected by divorce. Raising a child in Washington who is healthy and well-adjusted is likely one of the most difficult and most important things a person can do. Humans are far from perfect and most adults are able to move on after marriages end. It may take kids a little longer, especially if one or both of their parents have found new partners.
While it is sometimes possible to create an amicable co-parenting plan in a Washington divorce, it can be quite challenging if parents disagree about certain issues. Problems often arise regarding child custody or child support matters. However, if a concerned parent knows how to quickly access legal support, most problems can be resolved before they get out of hand.
Most Washington parents who contribute financially to their children's needs by order of the court understand the importance of strict adherence to the terms of the court order. If a judge orders a specific payment to be made by a certain date every month, the parent ordered to do so may face serious legal problems for noncompliance. In fact, child support situations like this can lead to criminal charges above and beyond family law proceedings.
"Grey's Anatomy" fans in Washington and beyond are typically big fans of Jesse Williams, the actor who plays Doctor Jackson Avery on the show. While the character Williams plays faces stress or emotional challenges in the series, it's fiction and, as such, doesn't impact his real life. However, the stress he has been dealing with in a child support battle with his former wife is another situation altogether, and it's definitely real.
Washington parents who divorce often become entangled in legal battles with their former spouses regarding various issues having to do with their children. Those who pay child support must adhere to the exact terms of their court orders; that goes for both parents, in fact. If a parent is, for some reason, unable to keep making payments, there are certain things he or she will want to remember in order to avoid legal trouble.
Washington fans of the reality TV series "Southern Charm" are likely familiar with a star on the show, Kathryn Dennis. Some may also be aware that Dennis has faced several challenges regarding child support and custody matters concerning her two children. In 2016, Dennis failed a drug test, which led her losing custody of her kids.